HARVARD — Summer league is starting to wind down for the Harvard soccer U19s and the team concluded its home slate with a bang Tuesday afternoon, as it trounced a depleted Spencer club, 8-1, at Harvard Park.
The Trojans jumped out to a 4-1 lead at the half and never looked back.
Harvard’s Sam Hays netted a hat trick and Rainier Yanu added a pair to pace the Trojans.
Yanu scored Harvard’s fourth and final goal of the half on a winding shot from just inside the 18-yard-box.
Harvard continued to hammer the Spencer keeper in the second half.
Yanu added another goal midway through the second half. Shane Billodeau and Nate Dutkewych both tallied late in the game to round out the scoring.
Harvard used its 13 men to outrun the Spencer side, who were subjects to over an hour drive and they were able to scrape together the bare minimum to avoid a forfeit.
Fresh legs kill, especially on a hot and humid summer day.
Hays started the scoring with a goal from the open field.
Hays , split a pair of defenders and corralled a pass from the right touch line and blasted it past the Spencer goalie to make it 1-0 in the eighth minute.
Nine minutes later, Omar Al-Homsi rumbled down the center of the pitch with a full head of steam and was in the right place at the right time for a redirect opportunity.